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Spring Celebration of the Naw-Ruz Festival – The Baha’i New Year

Event Date: March 27th 2016

Time: 11:00 am

Venue: Cultural Integration Fellowship

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Presented by Nushin Mavaddat and Baha’i friends, celebrating the Spring renewal in the worlds of nature, ideas and spirit, this joyous gathering will include commentaries, prayers, beautiful musical performances and hospitality.

Through this celebration of the Baha’i New Year, we will commemorate the dawning of a new era for humanity. We will reflect on the Spiritual Spring promised to mankind in all sacred Scriptures throughout history. This Spiritual Spring ushers in an era of peace and reconciliation, of love and unity, of justice and security, of concord and harmony for the peoples of the world.

 

Evolution of Consciousness Workshop, with Anton Grosz, PhD, author and Integral Yoga educator

Event Date: April 10th 2016

Time: 1:30 - 3:00 pm

Venue: Cultural Integration Fellowship, 2650 Fulton Street, San Francisco, CA 94118

Integral consciousness is more than just an intellectual exercise and the philosophy on which the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) was founded. It is an experiential way of living and being that not only maximizes one’s deepest potential, but provides answers to seminal questions of quantum physics concerning black holes, event horizons, and the origin of the universe. It is an inevitable part of humanity’s evolution, not in some far off future, but in the here and now. True to its source, this talk will include an experiential component. For those who would like to go into more depth on the topic, an afternoon session will follow.

 

Anton Grosz received his Doctorate in Philosophy and Religion from CIIS in 1995 with a dissertation “Consciousness in Evolution: Living the Integral Reality of Dr. Haridas Chaudhuri.” He lives with his wife, Phyllis, in San Francisco where he serves as Spiritual and Bereavement Counselor for Crossroads Home Care and Hospice.

suggested donation: $20

 

Celebration in honor of Swami Vivekananda

Event Date: January 27th 2019

Time: 11:00 am

Venue: Cultural Integration Fellowship, 2650 Fulton Street, San Francisco, CA 94118

This program celebrates the life and times of Swami Vivekananda (Narendranath Datta) (1863-1902) commemorating the 152nd Anniversary of his birth. Regarded as India’s first great spiritual ambassador to the West, Swami Vivekananda is perhaps best known for his inspiring speech which began, “Sisters and brothers of America …” delivered at the Parliament of the World’s Religions in Chicago in 1893.

We have selected Songs, Shlokas and Bhajans reflecting the philosophy of Swami Vivekananda, generating a secular social order through Religious and Ethnic Pluralism that would transcend differences of caste and creed and result in a unique place for India in the World.

Our singers this morning are Sonali Bhattacharya, Aditya Das, Shyamoshree Gupta Diamond, with Anoop Bhattacharjya on tabla. All are outstanding artistes who have received praise and recognition for their performances and concerts both in India and in the United States.

Singing Peace Prayers of Mahatma Gandhi

Event Date: October 05th 2015

Time: 11:00 AM

Singing Peace Prayers of Mahatma Gandhi, with Sri Karunamayee and Arshad Syed on tabla – Co-sponsored by Sur Laya Sangam Study Center for Indian Devotional Music

Honoring Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday, Sri Karunamayee will offer music in his spirit of universal peace. She will also lead collective singing from the compilation of devotional songs, sacred verses and mantras sung in Gandhiji’s ashrams. Arshad Syed, distinguished tabla maestro, will accompany.

Sri Karunamayee is a dedicated member of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram in New Delhi, where she has been in residence for over four decades. She supports the daily ashram meditations and special events with her soul-inspiring music. In her youth, she and her family regularly attended Mahatma Gandhi’s prayer gatherings in New Delhi.

Singing Peace Prayers of Mahatma Gandhi

Event Date: October 04th 2015

Singing Peace Prayers of Mahatma Gandhi, with Sri Karunamayee, spiritual singer, and Vishal Nagar on tabla – Co-sponsored by Sur Laya Sangam Study Center for Indian Devotional Music

Honoring Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday, Sri Karunamayee will offer music in his spirit of universal peace. She will also lead collective singing from the compilation of devotional songs, sacred verses and mantras sung in Gandhiji’s ashrams. Vishal Nagar, distinguished tabla maestro, will accompany.

Sri Karunamayee is a dedicated member of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram in New Delhi, where she has been in residence for over four decades. She supports the daily ashram meditations and special events with her soul-inspiring music. In her youth, she and her family regularly attended Mahatma Gandhi’s prayer gatherings in New Delhi

The Ethics, Sustainability and Sri Aurobindo’s Integral Advaita

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Event Date: August 16th 2015

Time: 11:00 AM

The Ethics, Sustainability and Sri Aurobindo’s Integral Advaita, with Debashish Banerji, PhD, Dean of Academic Affairs, at the University of Philosophical Research, Los Angeles ( View Video of talk)

While the practice of Sri Aurobindo’s yoga has been largely conceived as being “beyond ethics” and focused on individual spiritual attainment, this attitude has amply revealed its dangers in terms of moral blindness and unconscious violence for the majority of practitioners, who struggle to transcend their egoic ignorance. By revisiting the Vedantic basis of Sri Aurobindo’s philosophy (darshan), this talk will attempt to reconceptualize his yoga in terms of an ethical and environmentally sustainable praxis.

Debashish Banerji is Dean of Academic Affairs at the University of Philosophical Research, Los Angeles. He is also Adjunct Professor of Art History at the Pasadena City College and Adjunct Faculty in Transformational Studies at the CIIS, San Francisco. Since the 1970s, Banerji has been a student of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother’s teaching.

What do you Really Want from Life?

Event Date: June 29th 2015

Time: 11:00 AM

Cultural Integration Fellowship cordially invites you
to a special talk by Ambassador V. Ashok, Consul General of India in San Francisco

“What Do You Really Want from Life?”

We spend our lives chasing our desires, seeking Happiness. But often happiness eludes us because we are going the wrong way. Do we really know what we want?

Celebrating Haridas and Bina Chaudhuri

Event Date: May 31st 2015

Time: 11:00 AM

Celebrating Dr. Haridas and Mrs. Bina Chaudhuri, Indian music offering with Sri Karunamayee from the Sri Aurobindo Ashram and Vishal Nagar on tabla – Co-sponsored by Sur Laya Sangam Study Center for Indian Devotional Music

Sri Karunamayee and friends will offer a program of Indian music celebrating the legacy of Dr. Haridas and Bina Chadhuri. Their years of dedication through the Cultural Integration Fellowship have blessed and continue to bless so many, providing a pathway to integral spirituality and global peace.

Sri Karunamayee is a renowned artist of Indian music and a life-long sojourner on the spiritual pathway of music. Highly regarded for her deep and soul-inspiring singing, she is a dedicated member of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram in New Delhi, where she has been in residence for over four decades. She supports the daily ashram meditations and special events with her music. She travels internationally offering music as a sacred pathway and as a bridge to interfaith understanding.

Vishal Nagar is one of the most gifted Tabla musicians of his generation. Son of the renowned Kathak danseuse and vocalist Vidushi Urmila Nagar, Vishal has been trained under his mother, Late Ustad Latif Khan and Ustad Shamim Ahmed Khan.